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I'm a bit worried...since Genoas don't have bearings... and if you're calling a roller furler a genoa, you have more immediate concerns than setting sail for Alaska IMHO.
Sailing in the Inside Passage or the waters off the Alaskan coast is not a trivial thing to do. The "decent sailing experience having played around in the San Juans" may or may not be sufficient for what you're about to attempt, depending on what you mean by decent sailing experience.
Also, I'd point out that a Bristol 27 isn't really a bluewater boat.
I'd ask a few questions:
1) When was the Bristol last surveyed?
2) When was the rigging on the Bristol last replaced?
3) What do you mean when you say "decent sailing experience having played around in the San Juans"?
4) What have you done to the Bristol to prepare it for this trip?
I'm not trying to be mean, but I really don't want to read about you in the news as a USCG statistic either.
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